HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS GATHER TO COMMEMORATE 25 YEARS OF CARING AND COMPLETE SERVICE PROJECTS

Boaz, AL – A sea of bright colored shirts was visible on Tuesday, September 13th, as United Way of Marshall County held its 25th Annual Day of Caring and Campaign Kickoff Breakfast at the Boaz Rec Center with over 450 volunteers in attendance. The breakfast theme was “Back to the 90’s” paying tribute to the decade in which the first Day of Caring event was held. Day of Caring is United Way’s largest one-day volunteer event and brings community volunteers face-to-face with local nonprofit agencies and community organizations.

A special tribute to the 25th event included guest speakers from past events. Jeannie Lyle, former United Way Director, highlighted some of the most memorable moments during her tenure. She noted one of the most memorable was the 2013 event speaker, 9-year-old Gabe Marsh, who was born with no legs and only one arm and was the beneficiary of one of United Way’s partner agencies, Foster and Adoptive Parents Association. Marsh, returned to this year’s event to provide an extraordinary message of hope and perseverance. Attorney General Steve Marshall, former United Way Campaign Chair who spoke with Marsh in 2013, could not attend the event in person, but sent a special video message that was shared at the event.

This year’s campaign co-chairs, Steve Knowles and Cade Smith, revealed the 2022/2023 campaign theme, “United Way starts with ‘U”, and announced this year’s campaign goal of $750,000. Thanks to 20 pacesetter companies, 44 percent or $327,493 has already been pledged towards meeting this year’s goal. The Co-Chairs also recognized this year’s campaign volunteers including the Campaign Cabinet and the Loaned Executives, described as “our boots on the ground” during the campaign season. This year’s Loaned Executives are Valerie Clemons with the Child Advocacy Center, David Hamlin with the American Red Cross, Justin Helton with Family Services of North Alabama, Kelly Little with AlaTrade, Caleb Liverett with Peoples Independent Bank, Estrella Martinez with Peoples Independent Bank, Lori McKoy with 2-1-1/First Call for Help, Fatima Rios with Citizens Bank & Trust, Taylor Walker with Wayne Farms and Janet Whitmore with Snead State Community College. United Way’s fundraising campaign will run through late November. All money raised stays in Marshall County and enables United Way and its partner agencies to provide assistance for local residents in need.

United Way’s Director, Carrie Thomas, announced that over 67 community service projects were adopted throughout Marshall County, with over 30 different agencies in the county participating, while 47 companies held “Casual Days” by allowing their staff to wear Day of Caring t-shirts at their workplace in support of United Way. This year’s event sponsors included Howard Bentley Buick GMC, Total Dental Care, AlaTrade, Publix, Parker Hannifin, Progress Rail, Kappler, Mitchell Grocery, Peoples Independent Bank, First Bank of Boaz, and Wayne Farms. The program was dedicated to a United Way volunteer who passed away unexpectedly the previous week, Kelly Adams, who was remembered for her loyal service to the community.

If you or your organization would like to get involved in this year’s campaign, set up a workplace campaign, or learn more about Living United, please contact Carrie Thomas via email at carrie@unitedwaymarshall.org or call the United Way office at (256) 582-4700.

Day of Caring participating companies:

4-H Clubs of Marshall County

Alabama Teachers Credit Union

AlaTrade

Albertville Chamber of Commerce

BancorpSouth

BAP Agency

Blackmon's Fuel, Inc

Boaz City School Gifted Program

Cargill

CASA of Marshall County

Child Advocacy Center

Citizens Bank & Trust

City of Albertville

City of Boaz

City of Guntersville

Clinic for Vision

Domestic Violence Crisis Services

Family Security Credit Union

First Bank of Boaz

First Southern State Bank

Gore and Stisher Wealth Management

HFI, LLC

Hope UMC

Howard Bentley Buick GMC

Lake Guntersville Chamber

Marshall County Arc

Marshall County Clerk’s Office

Marshall County Commission

Marshall County Probate Court

McLaughlin & Edmondson, LLC

Mitchell Grocery

Pankey Tech

Paragon

Parker Hannifin

Peoples Bank of Alabama

Peoples Independent Bank

Phillips Financial Advisors

Progress Rail

Propac

Publix

Randy Jones & Associates

Redstone Federal Credit Union

Shepherd's Cove Hospice

Snead State Community College

Syncro

Tenneco

The Advertiser Gleam

The Gift on Main

The Grove Grotto & Spa

The Sand Mountain Reporter

Unfazed Leadership

Wholesalecars.com

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